Skip to main content

Full text of "Long Lance"

See other formats


him and two scouts to ride over and see what was
behind those buttes. After awhile they came
galloping back from another direction—the north
—and they told us that they had sighted the
largest herd of buffalo they had seen in several
years. The buffalo had scented them and had
broken off from their grazing and were heading
north up the valley.

The chief ordered the camp to make ready for
a big hunt right away. Our mothers took the
travaux off the horses and told us youngsters that
we would have to ride ponies along with them.
Some of the children were so small that they had
to be tied to the backs of their ponies3 and we older
boys had to ride along with them to see that they
did not corne to any harm.

We did not have saddles in those days—-just
Indian saddles, which were bags made of hide and
filled with grass or buffalo wool. It was more of
a cushion than a saddle; for it had no stirrups, and
it was fastened on the horse's back merely by two
rawhide thongs, which were carried around the
horse and tied under his belly. Our bridles con-
sisted only of a long loop of rawhide which was
tied to the lower jaw of the horse, and it was
meant only to hold the horse in; we guided them
with our knees.

The best of our warriors would not use these
saddles. They said that they were meant only for